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The Underlying Implications of Crime

Why Crime Is Not Immoral

In any social arrangement, harmony and, subsequently liberty, is achieved and maintained by an equal distribution of power among it's populace. Any unequal distribution of power inevitably results in the struggle for it. This power struggle creates two sides that are necessarily at odds with each other. The haves and the have-nots, the bourgeois and the proletariat, the patricians and the plebeians, the rich and the poor. Call it what you will, the conditions of a power struggle leave the situations incompatible with each other. The incompatibility of these two antagonisms make justice, equality, and freedom accessible only to those who posses the power and preclude those without it from actualizing their own self determination. The right to freedom, justice, and equality are a natural right endowed to all who breathe life and as such, any impediment will ultimately eventuate into an expression of first outrage, then determined obtainment. The impediment or preclusion of freedom, justice, or equality is achieved through disempowerment. Since these are natural rights—the ownership of which is biologically innate within the essence of all human beings—any individual who is disempowered will naturally attempt to reassert that power in order to restore the personal sense of homeostasis that comes from the realization of freedom, justice, and equality. However, unless initially established to do so, no entity will ever promote it's own demise. Therefore, the quest to reassert stolen power becomes directed at those perceived as weaker, inferior, or capable of dominating. To direct the aim of power reassertion at the source of lost power is deemed as a veritable suicide mission. Thus, crime proliferates. Systemically, crime is a misguided attempt to reassert power by the powerless. It's no coincidence that so-called high crime neighborhoods also happen to be the most impoverished. It's also no coincidence that impoverished neighborhoods happen to also be predominantly Black. The proximity and containment of populations of these neighborhoods coupled with psycho-political causes of crime make inter-communal crime an inevitability. It is said that desperate times call for desperate measures. I postulate that not only do they call for desperate measures, but desperate times necessitate desperate measures. After centuries of being barred from power, the measures that individuals are willing to take in order to reassert what their natural existence instinctively knows belongs to them will invariably become more and more drastic. The longer power remains uneven in society, the more prolific and dynamic crime will become. Crime is an expression of the power differential that results from both class and race antagonisms. Those that are without power commit crimes to reassert the sense of power that was stolen from them. Those that are in power commit crimes to abuse the power they already have. Unchecked crime would eventually culminate in a redistribution of power to the people with whom it rightfully belongs.

Moreover, the majority of these actions committed by the powerless that are called crimes are only considered criminal under the rule of law. The rule of law is not a measure of morality. The law is a measure of power and is enforced solely to protect those who have it. Furthermore, it is a measure of power that is still rooted in the unequal power distribution of feudalism. Replacing the rule of man with the rule of law still implies that some men need to be ruled over by others. Thus, the basis for chattel slavery, apartheid, the holocaust, prison slavery, wage slavery, poverty, and racism is solidified. It now becomes clear that criminality is less of a moral failure than law making. Going to prison is not immoral. Sending people to prison is.

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